Foliage, Bletilla and seeds

Kathy Stokmanis
Sat, 12 Jun 2004 20:50:46 PDT
Late again for the TOW but I find the foliage of Bletilla to be charming with its pleats and points.  It looks lovely in my garden from the moment it sprouts until it dies in the late fall.  I will  have seed of Bletilla striata and what might be Bletilla ochracea (it's yellow, at least, and came to me without a specific name other than 'yellow Bletilla) but given the specialized equipment and knowledge required for orchid seed germination, I wanted to know if anyone would be interested before I send seed to the BX.  Bletilla is apparently one of the few orchid species that can be germinated in damp sphagnum peat moss but my one attempt at this was unsuccessful.  

Kathy Stokmanis
No. CA, Sierra foothills, zone 8/9.  We have had wonderfully moderate weather for months but the summer heat and dry is finally upon us.  The Asiatic and Trumpet lilies are just finishing as the Orientals and Orienpets come into bloom.  The yellow Bletilla is still blooming, though Bletilla striata seeds are almost dry.

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